Behind The Scenes: Fabulous Garden Party 2017

 

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Anna Burkett (L), the manager of the Solihull and Leamington branches of fabulous, with Jo Stroud (R), the owner of fabulous.

Our 11th annual Fabulous Garden Summer Garden Party was a sell-out success! Thank you to the 66  guests who joined us at Mallory Court, the beautiful Relais & Chateau hotel outside Leamington that has been the venue for the event since it started in 2006.

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Although there was a spot of rain, even the poor weather could not put a dampener on things. Guests enjoyed a Pimm’s reception, a delicious 3-course lunch in the main-house restaurant, and the chance to browse and buy jewellery from over a dozen different collections.

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Nikki Lissoni

Jo Stroud, the owner of fabulous, gave an informative introductory talk about the brands present before guests were given the opportunity to meet designers and representatives from collections as diverse as ChloBo, Daisy London, Dower and Hall, to Beach Art Glass, Alex and Ani and Nikki Lissoni.

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Mantra Jewellery, our very first in-house brand, proved very popular with customers, and many had their Mantra pieces engraved and personalised on the day.

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Alex and Ani

Thank you to everyone who came for making the event such a success- we look forward to seeing you again next year!

Click through for more photos of the event!

Update on my training for the London Marathon – Jo Stroud

As many of you know, I am running in the London Marathon in April, to raise money for Breast Cancer Now.

I ran in the Bath Half Marathon last weekend, to test my progress and to experience running with 15,000 people. What a great day! Gorgeous sunshine, huge camaraderie, and a beautiful city to run around.

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However, I found the run very tough. More hilly than I expected; hard to get a good pace with so many people; and bad cramp in my knee and foot, 4 miles from the end.

So, a tough race, and a good wake-up call, 6 weeks before London, that I need to work harder. If anyone has any good cures for cramp, then do let me know – tweet us @FabCollection or post to our Facebook page /FabulousCollections. I am trying magnesium supplements and spray, and doing a lot more stretching before a run now.

My fund-raising is going well, thanks to the generosity of so many customers, designers, and friends. I am at £2700 now, aiming to get to £3000 by the time of the run. It’s a brilliant cause – Breast Cancer Now – so I would love to reach the £3000 goal. I have a fund-raising page set up at www.justgiving.com/jostroud.

I’ll continue to keep you updated with my progress over the final few weeks, as April 24th looms ever closer! Thanks very much for reading this, and for your support.

Jo x

STAFF CHRISTMAS PICKS: Jo’s Wish-List

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This Christmas, Jo is wishing for something to remind her to stop worrying about things that’ll never happen, and thinks that a myMantra pendant is the perfect piece to bring some positive energy into her life! She wants to get her pendant engraved with this lovely sentiment by Norman Vincent Peale: “Change your thoughts and you’ll change your world.”

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On the theme of love, Jo is very much hoping that her husband will get her a large silver Cherish locket, from Dower and Hall, filled with happy and loving Treasures. Jo loves the sea-side themed treasures, especially the seahorse and starfish. She also adores the angel wing, open heart, and wants to finish her locket off with some words of love.

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To sparkle this season, Jo would love to add to her Engelsrufer locket and Nikki Lissoni pendants. She thinks a Sparkling Soundball would add a touch of Christmas magic to her Gold Whisperer. Jo is always after new Nikki Lissoni coins to add to her collection, and this Christmas, she loves the iridescent glamour of the Blame It On My Wild Heart coin, and the sweet glitter of the Key to My Heart coin.

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Shop Nikki Lissoni at fabulous!

Jo’s Week in Las Vegas: On the hunt for new designers

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Well, I’m not sure I’d go quite that far, but it certainly looks pretty spectacular – especially when seen from the bird’s eye view of a helicopter! The neon lights, the fountains dancing in time to the music, the nightly erupting volcano, and the chance to see Paris, New York, Venice and Ancient Egypt all in one over-the-top strip of manmade paradise is certainly a sight to behold.

This was my first time in Las Vegas, with the chance to go to JCK, the world’s biggest jewellery fair, as well as taking a few days’ off.

JCK sprawls over the vast exhibition halls of the Mandalay Bay, with over 3000 brands, designers and suppliers showcasing their wares. Great to see European designers conquering the US – with Pandora and Nikki Lissoni having a strong presence. But my main intention was to find unfamiliar, talented designers from the US, perhaps new to the UK, that I felt would excite us all back home.

And I have come back with a shortlist of 5 designers, some which will be exclusive to Fabulous, and all of which I am very excited by! We will be launching them over the next few months, so watch this space. A sneak look at some of their designs below…

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And what else did I get up to in Vegas?

The top 5 things do when you’re tired of the casinos

1. The Grand Canyon by helicopter

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35 minutes each way across desert, manmade lakes and the Hoover Dam, until you start flying through the incredible and truly awe-inspiring Canyon. Not to be missed.

2. See a show you won’t see anywhere else

Le Rêve, at the Wynn, is genuinely breathtaking. From high dives that are terrifying to watch, to an underwater tango, to aerial ballet, this show defies easy description, but I can honestly say it is mesmerising, and easy to understand why it is voted ‘Best Show in Las Vegas’.

3. Eat at Alizé

A stunning Michelin-starred French restaurant on the 56th floor of the Palms. It’s expensive, so go for a special treat – you’ll get the best view of the Strip at night, and brilliant, inventive, delicious food.

4. Do all the free stuff

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It’s worth it. The hotels are tourist attractions in their own right, so go inside The Venetian, The Wynn, The Bellagio, to see a recreation of St Mark’s Square, canals with actual gondolas, carousel horses made from flowers, sculptures by Jeff Koons… the list is endless!

5. Go shopping at Fashion Show

A huge shopping mall with every store you could ever want, including all the top US department stores in one place, from Saks Fifth Avenue to Nordstrum. Go easy on the credit card!

Jo x

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Bath in Fashion: Reloved Workshop

On Friday 9th May we hosted our first ‘reloved’ event. In the Pavilion on Stall street we set up our reloved workshop for passers by to come in and hear about our exciting up-cycling initiative for Breast Cancer Campaign. We have started a jewellery amnesty, where anyone can bring in old or unwanted jewellery to a fabulous store and we’ll say thank you by giving you a 15% discount voucher. We then take the old jewellery and give it to students at City of Bath College and Coventry University who will upcycle the jewellery in to new exciting creations. These new items of jewellery will be sold online www.fabulouscollections.co.uk/reloved where you make a suggested donation on our just giving page which goes directly to Breast Cancer Campaign.

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Lyn Fernquest, Jo Stroud and Becky Johnson at the reloved event

Our workshop on Friday was to create our ‘Reloved’ logo for future events, we invited people in to our crafty tent to decorate our logo with old pieces of jewellery and beads. We had such a great day and were thrilled with the amount of people who came along and supported the cause, not to mention our fabulous new reloved logo!

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Our new reloved logo, lovingly made by the people of Bath!

VIP Fabulous Garden Party: The Bath Priory

Sixty women from Bath mingled with famous jewellery designers at the second annual Fabulous Bath Garden Party hosted at the Bath Priory Hotel on Thursday 27th June. Guests included trend-setting designers Dinny Hall and Chloe Moss (ChloBo).

Jo Stroud, owner of Fabulous designer jewellery store in Southgate, and store manager Becky Johnson welcomed the guests who arrived at midday for Pimm’s. Jo said: “We believe all the collections that we stock at Fabulous have three things in common: they are beautifully designed, well-made, and very wearable.

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Chloe Moss, ChloBo designer chats to a fabulous guest

“The Garden Party is about showcasing the diverse range of what we stock, and letting you meet the people and faces behind the designs.”

Jo introduced Dinny Hall, who is celebrating her 30th anniversary of designing this year. Known as the ‘British Tiffany’ due to her classic designs in Sterling Silver… read more and see the photo album from the event at fabulouscollections.co.uk

My Fabulous Watch Wardrobe: Jo

Name: Jo Stroud
Position: Owner of Fabulous

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“When I’m dressed smartly or heading out for dinner, I love my CK Equal watch in Rose Gold, as it’s a stylish watch with an art deco look, that works well for a more dressy occasion. I’ve got several pieces of Rose Gold jewellery now, which go really well with this design.”

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“For a more casual look, I’ve got one of last year’s bestselling Radley watches – the cream leather strap with the cut-out Scottie Dog on the face, in pinks and lilacs. It’s a great look that combines a fun design with Summer colours, perfect for this time of year.”

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“Whenever I can, I head down to Cornwall for a weekend, to enjoy the relaxed feeling of life by the sea. We enjoy heading out on a speedboat for a few hours, anchoring up at a waterside pub, and generally taking it easy. I haven’t yet got the perfect watch for this, but the new Ice Slims with their silicon straps and 100m water resistance would be great for when I’m jumping on and off the boat, tying us up to moorings. The Sky Blue Pink one is on my must-buy-for-Summer list!”

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